The Fiat or “Holy Yes” you've said

The “yes” you've said to God, like Mary's fiat, is a great act of love. It stands in sharp contrast to a world in which there are places abortion is legal up until birth.

Discomfort for a greater good

There will be morning sickness, there will be exhaustion. This trimester can bring extra levels of fatigue and discomfort. But it's worth it. Our faith teaches that we can offer up our pain. In the words of Pope St. John Paul II: “In bringing about the Redemption through suffering, Christ has also raised human suffering to the level of the Redemption. Thus each person, in their suffering, can also become a sharer in the redemptive suffering of Christ" (Salvifici Doloris, 19)

Sacrifice for the beloved

Let's remember who it's all for! We remember that all the pains and aches are sacrifices worth making for our baby, and for God's plan. In our smaller way, we follow in the footsteps of Mary, who said yes to God's plan despite the trials; and Jesus, who gave his life for all of God's children.

Strength in the face of tests

These days, doctors often order extra sonograms and blood tests to gain more information about the baby. Some information can be of help to assist in the safe delivery of a child -- for example, if a heart problem is discovered through tests in utero, arrangements can be made to have extra support at delivery and to have the baby immediately operated on if necessary. However, many of the same tests that can provide such potentially life-saving information can also provide more opportunities for worry and even false alarms. The extra strength you'll need to get through these tests comes from God.

Acceptance of mystery

For the most part, this trimester is too soon to find out baby's gender, even if you want to. You wonder and dream and pray for the health and safety of your baby and look forward to learning more about this little person with each passing month for the rest of your life. But for now, very little is known. Accept this mystery, just as you accept the mysteries of faith.

Surrender of control through prayer

“You created my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother's womb,” Psalm 139:13 exults. Trust that God's got this. You're giving your strength and love, but it is God who will provide the growth. If you need help letting go of anxiety, read the teachings of St. Teresa of Avila.

Consecrate your child/children to Jesus while they are still in the womb

Faithfulness

Make praying for baby an essential part of your daily routine.

Peace

Take naps. Put your feet up whenever you can. Let less important jobs wait. Your health and the health of your baby requires you to get extra rest. This can be a great blessing as you actively choose to let go of stress and do less work in order to choose "the better part."

You're not a mom-to-be; you're already a mother

Just as life begins at conception, so does motherhood. It may not be in the same way as you will be after your child is born and you're nursing their fevers, playing with them and teaching them right from wrong. But you're already your child's protector and nurturer. You're already thinking about him or her all the time, and praying for him or her. And so, from the first day you knew you were pregnant, motherhood has fully begun.